The Açaí Bowls in Washington D.C. You Must Try
By now, it's likely you've seen the word: açaí. You've probably heard it pronounced many different ways. In case you’ve never had to pronounce açaí before in front of others, I found a video to help you. :)
Açaí berries are rich in antioxidants, fiber and heart-healthy fats. This is similar to commonly eaten berries, such as cranberries, blueberries and strawberries. I’ve really gotten into eating açaí bowls and wanted to share my finds around the district.
What I ordered: Almond Butter Bowl - almond milk, organic açaí blueberries, bananas. Toppings: granola, blueberry, banana, almond butter, cacao nibs. $11
This is my favorite açaí bowl in D.C. Absolute favorite. Every single bite is full of fruit, almond butter and granola. It’s a large portion, and I didn’t feel the need to add anything to it. The Georgetown location is bright, with lots of options for seating, either alone or with friends. Sitting outside (before it was 100 degrees) is where I always enjoy my bowl. I would highly recommend this place as a shopping break from all the fun on M Street. Other things to consider on their menu would be their smoothies and toast.
What I ordered: Antioxidant Bowl – cashew milk, pomegranate juice, açaí, blueberries and banana. Toppings: granola, banana, bluerberries, strawberries, chia seed. $11.95
Located in CityCenter, I found this gem right near my workplace. I sat outside with a few other tables and enjoyed the breeze and the bowl. This bowl was much smaller than South Block’s and Jrink’s. It was really good and had a ton of fruit on top. It’s a smaller location, but really chic and modern to match the CityCenter vibe. It’s a trendy spot to grab a bowl quickly if you’re not feeling all the food trucks that day. Other things to try on their menu would be their liquid meals, supergrain bowls, toasts, waffles, wraps, sandwiches, salads and collard tacos.
What I ordered: Açaí Superfood Bowl - Unsweetened Acai, Blueberries, Banana, Almonds, Brazil Nuts, Cacao, Sea Salt & Date. Toppings: Unsweetened mix of oats, coconut chips, chia seeds, almonds, mulberries & optional honey. $9.75
There are several locations across DC and Virginia. I went to the one located on 14th and R St, directly inside my gym. They have a full menu there, which the one in DuPont (the other closest to me) does not. The bowl was huge, although my photo doesn’t do this justice. I wish there had been more fruit on top than just the coconut chips, oats, etc. At the bottom of the bowl, there was an additional layer of toppings that was completely unexpected. As I was eating this on the way home, I decided I would add some almond butter to it. It made the bowl so much tastier. Other things to try on their menu would be their juices, shaken lattes and smoothies.
Açaí bowls are not only a great way to cool off (in this crazzzy DC heat) but it’s a way to still be healthy on-the-go. They aren’t necessarily as inexpensive as grabbing a small Dolcezza gelato (yum), but they are soooo worth it for a summertime treat. I’d suggest trying one of these bowls above or finding one in your city.